Patient Safety, Satisfaction, and Quality of Care in Europe and US

Twelve countries in Europe and the US are featured in this open access British Medical Journal study by Aiken, Sermous, Van de Heede et al.,  (BMJ 2012;344:e1717 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e1717 (Published 20 March 2012), in which improved work environments and reduced ratios of patients to nurses were related to increased care quality and patient and nurse satisfaction. “Nurses and patients agreed on which hospitals provide good care and could be recommended.” 1105 hospitals and 61, 168 bedside care nurses and 130,000 patients were included.  This study would recommend continued review of point of care processes that ensure better organization of care as we teach in the RROHC program and at Hansten Healthcare PLLC.  We applaud the authors’ approach to review of healthcare internationally and look forward to further parsing of the data so that we in the US can learn from what works European countries’ approaches to nursing care.

www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1717

 

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